Awarding Body: AQA
Qualifications on offer:
- AS Chemistry (Year 1)
- A Level Chemistry (Year 2)
Summary of course
Chemistry is the science of the material world. It is concerned with the structure and interactions of all the matter in the universe - whether animal, vegetable or mineral. It offers unlimited scope to people who want to understand and contribute to further developments in our use and conservation of the materials around us. Chemistry occupies a central position among the sciences. On one hand it is linked with physics through physical chemistry and such topics as the heat changes of chemical reactions. On the other hand with biology through biochemistry and such topics as enzyme catalysis. Chemistry is fundamental to physiology and to medicine. It plays an important part in such sciences as geology and environmental science and it underlies many branches of technology and particularly chemical engineering.
A Level Chemistry is essential for all medical or medically related professions.
What will I study?
The topics you will study are likely to include:
- Chemical Bonding
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
- Written exams
- Practical endorsement
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
The ideal student:
- Is inquisitive about the structure of the material world and the changes which it undergoes
- Enjoys reading about science
- Has a minimum of a grade 7 (A) in GCSE Science with Additional Science, or grade 5 (B) in Chemistry.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion this course would support a wide range of progression opportunities including employment, University or study for a Professional Qualification. The knowledge, practical or research skills gained by studying this subject would support progression within the same field or an allied field of study.
Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Standard A Level entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) and GCSE Double Science at grade 8-9 (AA) or GCSE Chemistry at grade 5-6 (B).|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
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